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Cequent Consumer Products Leadership Team

John Aleva, President
John Aleva was appointed president in March 2015. Prior to that he was President, Cequent Consumer Products, a position he reached in October 2005. He joined the company as director of integration in 2003, prior to which he worked in the Detroit office of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Mr. Aleva was a manager in the automotive consulting practice and led numerous projects in product development, operations planning, manufacturing and supply chain strategies projects with multiple automotive OEM manufacturers. Prior to January 2000, Mr. Aleva held various positions of increased responsibility within an automotive OEM manufacturer and a Tier 1 supplier.

He holds a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Finance, Marketing and International Business and a Master of Science in Computer Engineering, both degrees from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Francis Bernart, Divisional Marketing, Product Management and Engineering Officer
Francis Bernart leads Cequent’s brand management and category growth with innovative products and strategies for the Towing, Cargo Securing and Cargo Management categories. Additional, he is responsible for marketing, public and media relations for both towing and trailer products. For more than 30 years, he has held a broad range of marketing and engineering positions in consumer products and automotive companies. Mr. Bernart has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron and an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

Abe Newman, Divisional Sales Officer
Abe Newman leads the development and growth of all sales activity the Retail, Aftermarket and Specialty OE distribution channels. He joined the company in 1997, and has held several sales positions within the organization. Previously Mr. Newman held the position of VP of Sales, and prior to that was director of sales. He has more than 28 years’ experience in the automotive aftermarket, and holds a Bachelor of Science in business management from St. Johns University (New York, NY).
Ron Dill - Distribution Center Manager, South Bend, IN
Mr. Dill manages the day to day activities of the Distribution Center, located in South Bend, Indiana, the company’s full-service, high-volume facility that stocks nearly 4,000 items and processes over 500 orders daily for all Cequent Consumer Products customers.
Under Ron’s leadership, the distribution Center has adopted a continuous improvement culture to run the facility with optimum efficiency.   Ron joined the Cequent Consumer Products team in 2004 in his current position.  He has over 25 years of distribution and transportation management experience.
Ron has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Otterbein College and holds a certificate of completion in the Executive Management program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
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